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Frozen (For Kaszek)

Frozen (For Kaszek)
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-31 7:54
Viewed: 3262
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This frozen female of Blackbird is dedicated to my friend Kaszek. We were going to go for photo trip to Zdrowie Park today, but unfortunatelly Kaszek fell ill. Maybe chicken would be better dedication, but I couldn't find any in Zdrowie :-D


The Common Blackbird, Turdus merula, is a species of true thrush. It is also called Eurasian Blackbird (especially in North America, to distinguish it from the unrelated New World blackbirds), or simply Blackbird (in areas where it is the only blackbird-like species). It breeds in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to Australia and New Zealand. It has a number of subspecies across its large range; a few of the Asian subspecies are sometimes considered to be full species. Depending on latitude, the Common Blackbird may be resident, partially migratory or fully migratory.

The male of the nominate subspecies, which is found throughout most of Europe, is all black except for a yellow eye-ring and bill and has a rich melodious song; the adult female and juvenile have mainly dark brown plumage. This species breeds in woods and gardens, building a neat, mud-lined, cup-shaped nest. It is omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, earthworms, berries, and fruits.

Both sexes are territorial on the breeding grounds, with distinctive threat displays, but are more gregarious during migration and in wintering areas. Pairs will stay in their territory throughout the year where the climate is sufficiently temperate. This common and conspicuous species has given rise to a number of literary and cultural references, frequently related to its song.

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Wonderful little bird!
Great details and colors.,

Hi Grzegorz.
Good capture of this nice bird.
It wait for the spring unpatiently.
Nice image,Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

Hi Grzeg,
Fantastic photo of the chilling female. :) Crystal clear sharpness, simple yet wonderful compo. We all hope Your friend will be healthy again very soon.
Best regards, Wladyslaw

Excellent close up shot.
Nice capture.
Liked it a lot

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-31 8:49]

Hello Greg,
Great close, sharp detailed photo of this Blackbird. Very beautiful natural colours and pose. Nice POV and OOF BG.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-01-31 9:12]

Witaj Grzegorz,

Wonderful feathers, splendid sharpness and clarity.
Lovely plumage.
Very well done. TFS.

Warmest regards,

Ho Grzegorz,
I'm really enjoying seeing pictures of winter birds that you post from europe, this detail is excellent and the light level is impeccable. The bird appear effected by the cold. It is a picture that conveys very well the environment.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-31 9:56]

Hi Greg. You were able to take a fine close up of this cold looking Female Black bird. Your good use of the winters light has given bright colours and a shine to the eye. Sharp focusing and fine detail . well taken TFS.

Hello Grzegorz,
Bad weather for birds and also for people! Very nice shot with perfect sharpness and light. Typical pose of the Blackbird. I hope Kaszek (and the bird!) will recover soon! Cheers,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-31 11:39]

Hallo Grzegorz,
Napuszyl sie zeby miec wiecej isolacji powietrznej,jak narazie dobrze sie czuje a my wszyscy mamy nadzieje ,ze niedlugo juz wiosna zawita.Bardzo dobra ostrosc tak ,ze wszystkie detale sa doskonale widoczne.Pozdrawiam Siggi

Hi Grzegorz,

She is really looks like frozen. Your capture is so sharp and very neat against sşmply and blurry BG.

Bravo my dear friend. TFS.

Hi Greg,
this shot is excellent, sharpness is wonderful - also this cute blackbird - but they are very poor in these cold days, every bird looks like a little ball at the moment.
Thanks, I like it very much, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-31 15:57]

Hi Greg,

A wonderful close-up of this very cold little lady. Her face is beautiful with her lovely eye and beak. The details of her feathers and wings are marvelous. I love the way you have captured the colors and shadings. A lovely wintry setting.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-01 6:57]

Hello Greg,
A very fine portrait of a female Blackbird puffed up in the cold.
At least the sun was shining on her!
Technically this is first class in every way, well composed and the POV excellent.
Now we have a heat-wave: it is zero!
Thanks and have a good week,

great portrait of Turdus merula in the snow,Greg
well done the shot plan with the focus on the eye

ciao sERGIO

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-04 9:37]

Hello Greg,
A really great view of this female Blackbird with puffed up feathers to keep warm. Great sharpness and lovely colours of the plumage and I like the snowy background.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2010-02-04 12:21]

bardzo ladnie samiczka wyszla

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-06 2:09]

Hi Grzegorz,
very lovely presentation of this fluffy and chubby bird. Very well presented in superbs sharpness. You capture in its liveliness of great feather view and exciting surrounding.
well seen in great details.


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